The Chemist Association alleges, that small and medium retail chemist shops will hit hard by the e-pharmacies and thousands of people will be affected.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kailesh Tandel, President of the Maharashtra Registered Pharmacy Association says, “The Union government has come out with a proposed draft. The government has asked all the stakeholders to give suggestions and comments. We will continue our protest against e-pharmacy. If an E-pharmacy company is allowed to do business pan India on one license, then small retailers will be finished. Also, the important question is what will happen to the students who are studying in pharmacy colleges. The government is not ready to understand the serious issue.”
Why are pharmacists against e-pharmacy?
- Who will control the quality check?
- Illegal business is likely to be flourish.
- Psychotropic medicines will be easily accessible
- Eight lakh small chemists will be in danger
Anil Navandar, Secretary of the Chemist and Druggist Association said, “MTP pills are illegally sold through these E-pharmacies. Youths are also getting addicted to psychotropic medicines. Also in the future, this will have a widespread impact on the business of the small chemist shops.”
“If a person is seriously ill, will the family call for online medicine? No one has a control on this. So, we have decided to launch a massive protest against the government’s policy,” added Anil Navandar.
In the proposed draft, the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the mandate to keep a check on the e-pharmacy portals.